Posing on the Plaza was completed July 12, 1982. Helen was unable to participate in family traditions because of the tribal laws in place at her birth and early life. She later said her participation only exists in her paintings. She was inspired by her activity and family on the Pueblo, where her traditional influences can be seen in her work, including this interpretation of a woman in traditional regalia on the plaza (the center of the Pueblo where dances take place). This print is number 11 of 65 in the series.
- Original Aquatint Etching by Helen Hardin (Santa Clara Pueblo)
- Titled Aquatint Etching “Posing on the Plaza” Number 11 of 65 in the series
- Image size: 7 ½” L x 6 ” W
- Paper measures: 12” L x 10” W Framed 15” L x 13” W
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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About the Artist
Helen Hardin had only begun working with the etching process in 1980, making this etching among her earlier works. Sue Di Maio, an art dealer from California, Arizona, and Santa Fe, made it her mission to talk Helen Hardin into supplementing her acrylic painting with carefully controlled prints. She felt that Hardin could not keep up with the demand for her art if she only produced original paintings. At first, Hardin was not in agreement. She agreed to meet with Ricardo Ximenes of El Cerro Graphics for a primer in printmaking. Hardin agreed to give printmaking a try. Fortunately, she loved it, and collectors around the world love her prints.
For centuries the Pueblo people have created petroglyphs and pictographs depicting their relationship with the natural world. Fine art painting is a relatively new medium for Native American artists, first practiced in the early 20th century by young Pueblo artists who drew upon their traditions and Euro-American modernist painting. Pueblo painting has become a vibrant and innovative art form that often depicts contemporary subjects and reaches new audiences.
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